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Timothy Olyphant of 'Justified'
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Nomination Status: A solid newcomer in a category unlikely to favor newcomers.
In His Favor: A handful of great supporting performances shouldn't take away from just how much "Justified" relied on Timothy Olyphant this season and just how flat it would have fallen with any less-sturdy a performance at its core. Olyphant carried over the clenched intensity that served him so well on "Deadwood," but also added the kind of wry, dangerous humor that he'd displayed in films like "Go" and "The Girl Next Door." He also had to be believable as a romantic lead and as a wounded son and he carried off each aspect of the character. As a show that aired its full run in the spring, "Justified" should be fresh in voters' minds.
Working Against Him: FX has been usurped by AMC in terms of Emmy campaigning expertise, so although "Justified" may have a bigger audience than "Mad Men" or "Breaking Bad," it's probably less visible. "Justified" also was slotted in behind "Sons of Anarchy" in FX's Emmy promotional material. In that context, Olyphant doesn't have the previous award pedigree he might need to stand out.